Ratner in the Lead for Wolfman

Brett Ratner close to directing Wolf ManI really wanted to avoid writing about this shit until we had more solid confirmation, and I guess this is good enough; Brett Ratner is not only in talks to take over The Wolfman after original director Mark Romanek’s hasty departure (“Romanek Off Wolfman” – January 2008), but he’s actually the strongest contender according to The Hollywood Reporter

Feel free to punch the person sitting next to you in frustration, though you might want to wait; it gets worse.

Seems the main reason Ratner is so close to leading the film down a path that will almost certainly mean disaster is because he’s the only one Universal has talked to who’s not terribly concerned with putting his own stamp on the remake, something that’s not possible because of the writers’ strike. That, and he has a reputation for stepping in and taking over projects last-minute (X-Men: The Last Stand being the most recent example).

Producer/star Benicio del Toro will hopefully have a say in this and prevent Ratner from getting the job; it is del Toro’s baby after all. The scariest part is that directors like Frank Darabont, James Mangold (Identity) and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) have also had meetings with Uni about the job, but Ratner is still in the lead.

All we can do now is hope for the best…

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  • Sirand

    Worst news of the year.

  • G.D.

    I say delay the shoot. Hire a GOOD director, a Darabont or whoever, and while they can’t change the script, let them make their own movie visually. If you get Ratner, you know that he’s just going to do his half ass version of shooting Romanek’s shot list/storyboards, and that would SUCK.

    The best news I’ve read since Romanek left is that Del Toro *probably* has veto power, and I doubt that he would approve of Ratner.

  • American Werewolf

    I truly hope this is not the man sitting in the chair at the end of the day. I’m starting to believe that the curse of the wolf applies to the movie productions themselves and not just the characters in the movies. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Chainsaw

    Epic fail.

  • Tsotha-lanti

    Never saw his “Red Dragon” movie but if the reviews are anything to judge by Brett Ratner is pretty much the last big-name director I’d have directing a horror movie.

  • Kryten Syxx

    Does this mean Wolfman will have loads of useless cameo characters or just feel totally disjointed?

  • DW Bostaph Jr

    Behold the power of Sirand.

  • Terminal

    Goddamn it!

    Darabont’s work was immaculate on “The Mist.”

    They’re going with him for his ability to follow rules and abide by their guidelines without argument.